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Critical ambulance stripped off vital equipment by GMC&H
Converted into an ordinary van
12/5/2018 10:45:29 PM
Nitesh Sangral
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Dec 5: In a `shameful' development, a critical care ambulance was stripped off its vital equipment and converted into an ordinary van by the GMC&H authoprities. The vital equipment was shifted to a department of GMC.
Pertinently, in absence of the facility, many critically injured persons have lost their lives during the past several years but who cares?
According to sources, a Critical Care Ambulance was purchased in the year of 2008 to cater to the needs of the patients and the cost of the said ambulance was more than Rs 20 lakhs then. The CCA was parked unused within premises of the Chest and Diseases Hospital Jammu for many years because there were no drivers and other technical staff to operate it. Later, the same was also shifted to Super Specialty Hospital Jammu from Chest and Diseases Hospital for its use.
"But unfortunately, the ambulance had gathered dust in the SSH Jammu for many years. Later on it was sent to GMC Jammu where then concerned officials made it a normal ambulance by picking out equipment from the vehicle."
Sources alleged that this step was taken to give benefits to other private Critical Care owners to run the show. The equipments including ventilator of the said ambulance were shifted to the Anesthesia Department of GMC Jammu and the equipment remained unused for the last many years.
The matter has come to light when the firm asked about the payment of the ambulance, which was handed over to the officials of the GMC Jammu. As per reports, the firm has demanded its amount (Rs 25 Lakhs) from the concerned authority but the amount has not been released by the authority so far.
It is shocking that since the inception of GMC Jammu has been running without 'Critical Care Ambulance, which could have saved lives of many injured patients, particularly accident victims while being shifted to the hospital in the state as well as outside the state.
Head of Department, Anesthesia Department Dr. Smriti Gulati said that the equipment has not been used by them
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